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Pacific Grove’s Model Citizen

Natasha Chalenko proves that all dreams are within reach. By JULIE ENGELHARDT

PERSONA

36 Monterey County’s Very Own Brave Heart

By Andrea Stuart

48 Mile High to Sea Level

By Kristin A. Smith

62 21st Century Woman

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By Elizabeth Hermens

66 Through Fire and Water: Oceana’s Crusade

By Kristin A. Smith

72 Nailing it On and Off the Track

BY Raymond Napolitano


DEPARTMENTS

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57 Monterey’s Last Oceanfront Hotel

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27 Autumn’s Poetic Fashions J.R.P. Model Talent

The Legacy of the 700 Block BY Michael Cervin

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32 Monterey Neighbor to Neighbor: Big Sur Relief Gala

46 Seaside An Evening with Fu-Tung Cheng

70 Salinas

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41 Fu-Tung Cheng A timeless, modern space by Cheng Design and RJ Pacific

77 Eric Miller Architects Grandeur meets geometric sophistication

COLUMNS 22 Publisher’s Note

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24 Contributors COMMUNITY 34 From Surviving to Thriving Carmella Anderson smiles all the time. Maybe it’s because she loves her job or maybe it’s because she’s engaged.

26 In-Box 80 Growing the 65° Family

By Nicole François

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By Richard Medel This October marks the two year anniversary of 65° Magazine. When we started the magazine in 2006, we had high expectations for turning out a publication that would captivate readers in a way that other publications did not. And, it seems that we have succeeded. We’ve even made more than a few friends along the way. Over the course of the last two years, people have asked, “How do you choose the stories that you publish?” Let me tell you, it’s never an easy decision. We meet hundreds of unique, colorful people each year — each one deserving of having their stories told — and we are continually mesmerized by the individuals who have helped carry their communities to greater heights. And this issue is no exception. As you turn the pages you will be entranced by the rich photos of the striking Natasha Chalenko in Pacific Grove. We’re proud to feature her on this issue’s cover. We also tell her story, which began in the sub-zero climate of Siberia where she learned that life is about more than simply having a pretty face, it’s “survival of the fittest.” We also take a stroll through the trials and tribulations of Little Anthony Momo’s life, a boy whose congenital heart condition motivated his family to move from their mile-high home in Denver to the Monterey Peninsula where they run one of the area’s most recognized restaurants. Little Anthony proves there are no limits for the heart and the Momos demonstrate how sacrifice can lead to prosperity. This is one of the most touching stories we’ve done this year. Todd Tempalski, a Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteer, shows what an intense job search and rescue truly is. Meanwhile, Pro Superbike Racer, Hawk Mazzotta, explains what it takes to defy the laws of gravity. We also learn how Heidi Scheid of Scheid Vineyards balances motherhood and running a family business, and explore the achievements of Oceana, an organization dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans. Plus, we recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month by introducing you to people and organizations that are liberating victims of domestic violence by helping them start new lives. And, the grand finale: I would like to introduce you to our new Associate Publisher, Linda Almini. A savant in the publishing industry, Linda has joined the 65° family. We couldn’t be more delighted. Please take a moment to enjoy her column in this issue. We hope you will enjoy reading our anniversary edition as much as we enjoyed creating it. Until next time….°


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“As someone who is new to Monterey, it was a joy to get to know the people and organizations that help make it such a unique place.” kristinaurorasmith.com

“Valentino Rossi kissing the Corkscrew in victory is a one-of-a-kind shot and one of my favorites so far this year.” www.dmtimaging.com

02 RAYMOND NAPOLITANO, WRITER

08 MICHAEL CERVIN, WRITER

“Going inside the labyrinth of checkpoints, sponsor constructs, and support machinery at Laguna Seca is close enough to Hawk’s workplace for me.” raynap@sbcglobal.net

“I strive to tell interesting and compelling stories. I believe that good writing should amuse, agitate, and lead readers through a gamut of emotions.” sbwineman@hotmail.com

03 GREG HARRIS, PHOTOGRAPHER

09 JULIE ENGELHARDT, WRITER

“Stopping traffic on Cannery Row to photograph Ted Balestreri was one of my most memorable assignments.” www.harris-images.com

“Writing this article about Ukrainian immigrant Natasha Chalenko has been an experience I will never forget. Natasha is a warm, friendly, and engaging individual, making this easily one of the best stories I’ve written for any publication.” Jengelha@aol.com

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“65° brings a high quality magazine to the peninsula, with new and interesting stories about people from our area. It’s uplifting!” christine.muro@yahoo.com

06 NICOLE François, WRITER “I was deeply moved by Carmella’s story of survival. She gives us all a reason to smile and feel inspired.” nicole@marketwellnow.com 07


GATES OF OPPORTUNITY Congratulations on the Summer ‘08 issue of 65 Degrees! The visuals, quality and organization are terrific. I’d say you are on your way to long and successful run. I’d just like to say how happy I am with the layout of my article, “The Gates of Opportunity.” Working with Andrea Stuart has been just great; she’s a total professional and an excellent choice for Editorial Director. I’m currently working on an article about sustainable building practices, and hope to have the opportunity to work with her on this as a project for your winter issue. Again, thanks for your fine work and the chance to be a part of it. Cameron Douglas

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YAY FOR RAY Reading Ray Napolitano is one of my favorite little literary treats, and I would love to find a column by him featured in every issue of 65°. His unassuming style is delightful. And while Ray’s words typically buzz along with humor, his ideas merit a pause. He often has me in the midst of laughter when he suddenly veers into a critical issue, and not uncommonly, he then inspires new ways of thinking or being. For me, as a Monterey Bay resident since 1976, I find Ray Napolitano represents so much of what’s best about the people of the central coast. His heart is large, and his commitment to supporting others in

creating and savoring a truly good life here is apparent. Along with Ray’s presence in the latest issue, your new design and format renewed my desire to recommend your publication to both visitors and locals. May your growing success allow you to fulfill every dream for this welcome Monterey magazine.

I do hope Mr. Needleman will give me and the others an opportunity to meet with him before he incorrectly places us in the category of “empty, useless, plugs!!” Judie Profeta, Alain Pinel Realtors jprofeta@apr.com

Mari Lynch Dehmler

re: no community leaders This is actually the very first letter I have sent to an editor. My article was one of those on which Mr. Needleman commented. When I read that, I felt a combination of angry and hurt. I know Mr. Needleman was making a blanket statement, but if he was as off on the others as he was about me, he should perhaps do a little more research before commenting. I would like to rebut by saying that the reason I liked this article is that, for once, an article showed that I have a beautiful family that I make sure are in my daily and weekly schedule. I work 80+ hours every week with my business, on several charitable boards, and on a government board. Perhaps if Mr. Needleman got out more he might have seen me working every weekend at open houses. And, my husband and I attend many [charitable] “soirees.” I do not know that I am necessarily a community leader, but I do believe that you teach and lead by example.

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED I am very satisfied with the results from 65° Magazine. The new horizontal layout seems to have taken effect. For a lifestyle publication on the Monterey Peninsula with a different twist and in a competitive atmosphere, Rich and his team at 65° are constantly coming up with new ideas, successfully co-existing with other great publications. Jim Ockert, Khaki’s of Carmel www.khakisofcarmel.com

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Autumn’s Poetic Fashions

Model:

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Photography: Hector Herrera

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Stylist:

Ruth Snow

Make-up & Hair: Soni Marron Uribe artistuntied.com Wardrobe:

WILKES BASHFORD San Francisco, Carmel

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Neighbor to Neighbor: Big Sur Fire Relief Gala Photography by D.M. Troutman The CPOA Big Sur Fire Relief Fund’s Neighbor to Neighbor fundraiser kicked off at the Monterey Conference Center in August in an effort to raise funds that will help the community recover from fire damage. Six-hundred-twenty people attended the gala and raised $200 thousand; demonstrating that big spirit exists on this small peninsula.

1. Scott & Regina Stillinger 2. Lisa St. John, Helen Knode, Sherry Dedampierre, Ron Dos Reis 3. Kathleen Lee, Rob Lee, Angus Jeffers, Betsy Jeffers 4. Susan Love,

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From Surviving to Thriving BY Nicole François PHOTOGRAPHY BY Christine Muro Carmella Anderson smiles all the time. Maybe it’s because she loves her job or maybe it’s because she’s engaged. Mostly, Carmella smiles because she can. About six months ago, Dr. Jeanette Kern of Monterey restored Carmella’s smile through Give Back a Smile, a dental charity that helps restore oral health and smile confidence for the survivors of domestic violence. “I never used to look at myself,” Carmella recalls. “Now I feel like a model.” Dr. Kern, her team, and Sung Dental Laboratory donated their services. Together, they replaced 10 missing teeth with a beautiful new bridge along the lower portion of Carmella’s mouth. They also restored Carmella’s gum health with periodontal cleanings and replaced three missing teeth in the top portion of her mouth. “Our all-female dental team really wanted to give back and we wanted to support other women,” Dr. Kern said. “We did our research and then signed up to offer our services pro bono through Give Back a Smile.”

to the victims of domestic violence, operates three crisis lines, and shelters up to 150 families each year. Through the YWCA, survivors receive pro bono legal advice and counseling. At the Monterey Police Department (MPD) victims and their families are often directed to the YWCA. The MPD’s goal is always to help the victim out of a bad situation and support the family especially when children and pets are involved. Overall, it’s working. Our community is seeing fewer incidences of domestic violence according to MPD statistics. Officers do note that on average 12 incidents occur before police are called and new domestic violence trends are emerging. “Since the beginning of this year, 32% of those arrested for domestic violence were women,” Detective Amy Carrizosa of the MPD Domestic Violence Unit said. “Same-sex partnerships, it happens there too.” Recently the YWCA began outreach into the LGBT community by having a presence at Gay Pride festivals in Monterey and Salinas this past July and August.

Across the country Give Back a Smile has helped over 600 survivors of domestic violence. Give Back a Smile and Dr. Kern is not the only group making a difference in our community.

The MPD and YWCA hope the domestic violence incidents continue to decline. And Carmella, who stays busy with a high-tech job, family, and fiancé, always finds a little extra time to volunteer.

“Domestic violence does not discriminate,” said YWCA Executive Director, Beth Roszman. “The women we serve come from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnicities.”

“I think battered women are very strong because of what we had to do to survive,” Carmella said. “I strive to give back and I am motivated by all of the people who helped me with recovery.” °

The YWCA of Monterey County provides services

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Monterey County’s Very Own Brave Heart BY Andrea Stuart PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG HARRIS


“Desire to do things in the middle of the night with no notice is a must.”

Photo taken at The Clement Monterey

on his hip indicates that he could be called at any minute for a variety of rescue missions throughout Monterey County.

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Tangled in the lush vegetation of the charming Monterey County landscape is a recipe for disaster disguised as a hiker’s Shangri La. The Peninsula back country lures the nature-loving soul with the promise of tranquility and splendor but can quickly transform into a tragic situation peppering wayward hikers throughout the countryside. This is where Todd Tempalski comes in. Some people dream of living a quiet life behind the security of a picket fence. Others have a penchant for adventure that grabs hold of them and never relents. The latter describes Tempalski. Spending his time as a partner of Pacific, Tweed Tempalski is also a volunteer and board member of Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Search and Rescue (MCSOSAR). Tempalski is no stranger to the wilds of Monterey County. A pager carried

Tempalski joined the search and rescue team three years ago after hearing numerous mountain rescue stories told by his good friend and climbing partner, Larry Arthur. Hypnotized by the details and drawn in by the promise of helping others, Tempalski first joined the Monterey Sheriff’s Advisory Counsel as a fundraising volunteer. However, when he learned that Search and Rescue was under the same Sheriff’s Advisory umbrella he didn’t waste a single moment. “I love the outdoors; backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, so Search and Rescue was a natural step for me to take. I’m one of about 20 volunteers with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue,” says Tempalski. The MCSOSAR originated in 1963, with the establishment of the volunteer unit in 1989. Answering to approximately 65 emergency calls each year, volunteers like Tempalski often find themselves at the foot of a variety of disasters including wilderness search and rescue missions, car accidents, body recoveries, and urban searches for Alzheimer’s patients or lost children. Answering to about two calls per month, Tempalski revels in the successful missions. Tempalski retells the story of a church group from the valley that went down to Salmon Creek in Big Sur, a coastal gem off of Highway 1. The camp counselor saw a tree in the distance that beckoned his curiosity. Deceived by the distance, the counselor was too exhausted to turn back after climbing the tree. The MCSOSAR sent

out a helicopter to insert rescuers onto the trail. While the second volunteer was being dropped, the helicopter crew spotted and retrieved the gentleman. The medic on board administered an IV to rehydrate him and all was well. Tempalski warns that people get into these situations because they are often unprepared and underestimate the terrain. With a tendency to follow the path of least resistance such as downhill paths, creeks, and rivers, hikers are taken deeper into the geography. “While technology like GPS systems and cell phones are great, hikers should always have a good ol’ map and compass,” Tempalski reminds. Trained as a First Responder, Tempalski undergoes monthly training to refresh in areas of medical aid, rescue techniques, tracking, and more. The SAR unit is always developing new ways to increase efficiency. They recently partnered with the national program, Project Life Saver, which provides transponder bracelets for Alzheimer’s patients and children so that the MCSOSAR can easily trace those that wander off. Tempalski has assisted on a handful of Alzheimer’s patient searches and says that this new program takes the mystery out of where they have gone. Indeed, search and rescue is hard work. “Desire to do things in the middle of the night with no notice is a must,” Tempalski chuckles. “But the sacrifice is surpassed by the rewards.” ° For more information about how to volunteer or donate, visit www.montereysar.org.


Dana and Chrissy have good lives and they will be the first to admit it! Calling the Monterey Peninsula home for over 25 years, Chrissy and

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Fu-Tung Cheng A TIMELESS, MODERN SPACE BY CHENG DESIGN AND RJ PACIFIC A seven-foot wide, bronze pivot door opens up to reveal the custom universe and hillside forest of this recently completed 6,000-squarefoot Carmel Hills tour-de-force home. Upon entering this home, the first thing one senses is the shimmer and soothing sound of moving water. Then, as the eyes gaze upward to take in the thirty-foot high vaulted ceilings, a steel staircase winds its way up to a floating office mezzanine which punctuates the grandeur of the space. Under the dramatic, cantilevered mezzanine, the kitchen looks back toward the entry water feature. Low walls of sculptural concrete delineate the functional areas of living, dining, and kitchen spaces without visual obstruction—anchored by a monumental


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steel refrigerator box, which acts as a kind of sentry to the space. The cast concrete walls and Geocrete™ countertops were accentuated with details such as depressions, polished semi-precious stones, fossils, and integral iron-oxide colors to reinforce the earthy but modern character of the massive forms. In the center is an elliptical food prep island. An intimate banquette for casual dining, tall bamboo cabinets that maximize storage, and an eight-foot long stainless steel Flux by Cheng ventilation hood round out the custom installation. The spectacular site-cast concrete water feature invites entry guests along its curved, tiered wall, and directs them three steps down into the main living space. Water pools from a small reservoir and cascades down into the contoured and stepped aqueduct that hugs the wall. The aqueduct recreates, in concrete, geologic erosion striations as though sculpted over time. Just beyond the end of the stairs at the main living level the water stream terminates at a basin pool shaped around a sculpted black Balsalt monolith. The concave side of the sweeping structure is an intimate, sheltered library with hidden light accents and curved mahogany shelves. The custom concrete elements complement the modern design of the architecture, grounding it, while the flowing water reminds us of the passage of time and of our place in the natural world. Cheng Design, led by principal Fu-Tung Cheng, in close collaboration with Carmel builder Rick Alexander of RJ Pacific, designed and executed the water feature, kitchen, living room, dining room, spa, master bedroom fireplace, and his-and-hers master bath suites, of this house by architect Paul Byrne. Cheng Design (510) 849-3272 RJ Pacific (831) 647-9500


We pride ourselves on being a local business and member of the community. Opened in July of 2006, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery offers a myriad of plumbing fixtures and faucets, appliances, and lighting. If you are building or remodeling, a visit to Ferguson is a must. Ten thousand square feet of elegance make this showroom the premier showroom on the Monterey Peninsula. Catering to architects, contractors, designers as well as home owners, Ferguson has working kitchens and bathroom vignettes on display. Ferguson’s knowledgeable sales staff will be delighted to help with the selection process and consultation appointments are available for larger jobs. Come see all the newest innovations and the latest products. Experience weekend cooking demos while you browse. Ferguson… “Delivering Your Dream.”

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An Evening with Fu-Tung Cheng: Concrete Guru Photography by Christine Muro Award-winning designer and published author, Fu-Tung Cheng, spoke to an attentive crowd on September 12th about the concepts behind his innovative designs. Complemented by an edible spread and thirst-quenching wines, the evening—hosted by Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Lighting—was educational and fun. 1. Fu-Tung Cheng, David Lafolette, Tom Hood, Richard Rudisil 2. Tim Morgan, Paul Tang, Luba Fox Alexander, Chip Yamaguchi 3. Linda Almini, David Turner, Judy Carpenter 4. David Turner, Paula McChestry, Fu-Tung Cheng 5. Mirella Bravo, Jan Salinthone 6. Fu-Tung Cheng, Rick Alexander 7. Al Saroyan, Rich Medel

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Mile High to Sea Level BY Kristin A. Smith PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG HARRIS


“When we work events, the boys help by serving food to the attendees. The crowd loves it because the boys always give extra helpings.” headed west, to lower ground. Their journey began in Southern California, where Anthony Senior continued to commute to and from Denver from 2003 until 2007. But when they learned that Bahama Billy’s, a local Carmel restaurant at the Barnyard, was up for sale, they jumped at the opportunity to buy it. With its low altitude, proximity to Stanford’s renowned Children’s Hospital, and booming restaurant scene, Carmel was an ideal place for the Momos to plant their roots. “Moving here has been a really good experience for our family,” says April Momo, Little Anthony’s mother. “The schools are terrific, Stanford is less than an hour away, and the community is great. People really look out for each other here.”

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Some people come to Carmel for the sun; others the sea. The Momo family came for the altitude, or lack thereof. Anthony Junior, also known as Little Anthony, has a serious congenital heart disease. At six years old, he has already had four operations and will eventually need a transplant. With only one ventricle instead of the normal two, his heart has to work extra hard to pump blood through his body. At Denver’s high altitude, even fully functioning hearts struggle to oxygenate the body. Little Anthony’s single ventricle was pushed to its limit. Upon doctor’s orders, the Momo family packed up their established Colorado life, where they owned and operated multiple restaurants, and

April and Anthony bought Bahama Billy’s as a turnkey operation, keeping the name and menu but adding their own twist to the food. Everyone in the family has a role at Bahama Billy’s. Anthony Senior, a first generation Italian American, is the head chef. He uses his Italian background to liven up the menu. April and their two sons act as concierge for the restaurant and April handles private parties. Little Anthony and his younger brother, Gian Carlo are, of course, also official tasters. “When we work events, the boys help by serving food to the attendees. The crowd loves it because the boys always give extra helpings,” April chuckles. “But really, they are a huge help. They come to the restaurant with me and help by greeting customers at the door. They are our little

maître ds and are always more than willing to taste new dishes.” But Little Anthony wasn’t always cut out for a job as a taster. For the first few years of his life, he was too weak to eat and required feeding tubes to get the nourishment he needed. Slowly, and with the help of a feeding clinic, he learned to eat by himself. Today he is an active six year old, who loves to play golf and dreams of one day being a tennis star. Running the restaurant as a family unit has allowed the Momos to adjust more easily to the Carmel lifestyle. And although being restaurateurs is a large responsibility, it’s nothing the Momos’ aren’t used to and the pros outweigh any cons. While Anthony will eventually need a transplant, life for the Momos is pretty normal right now. The restaurant is a success, the boys are happy, and Little Anthony only needs to go to Stanford every six months for regular checkups—an easy routine compared to the consecutive months he spent in hospitals as a baby. While the Momos initially came to Carmel for the altitude and business, they are staying for the community. “I’ve made the best friends of my life here,” says April. “And the boys love their preschool.” All in all, she says, “life here is really good.” °


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Pacific Grove’s Model Citizen BY JULIE ENGELHARDT PHOTOGRAPHY BY HECTOR HERRERA


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“I remember a lot of snow and the Northern Lights, which were amazing. [Russia is] very cold, but very magical.”

Natasha Chalenko has lived the kind of life many people just dream about. She has worked as a runway fashion model, plus she has appeared in magazines, catalogs and in ad campaigns. Her modeling career has enabled her to travel the world, visiting exotic locales in Europe and Asia, meeting different people and experiencing unique cultures. Chalenko now lives in one of the most exciting cities in the world, San Francisco, and she has ties with the Monterey Peninsula through her business located in Pacific Grove. Although she has had the opportunity to travel around the globe, her life today is a far cry from how it first began.

Chalenko was born in the northeastern part of Russian Siberia in what is known as the Magadan Region, an area where temperatures often drop to 70-degrees below zero. Living there, Chalenko says, can truly take its toll on the human body.

thankfully, much, much warmer. But her parents always carried a ‘northern attitude,’ in everything they did, she comments. “From the time I was very little they told me I had to have a ‘can do’ attitude and always accept the challenge,”

Her parents moved to the Magadan Region in order to conduct research in an area known as the Circle of Gold, where hundreds of gold mines are located. Her father was the head of geological research and expeditions, and her mother, who has a degree in chemistry, worked as a teacher. Chalenko says that her parents felt it was necessary to relocate to the area because that is where the country needed them the most. “Not many people wanted to go to the North and work there,” she recalls.

Chalenko spent her childhood and teen years in the Ukraine where she attended school. Education was an important factor in her life, and her parents expected her to do well in her classes. Yet an interesting turn of events happened when she was about 16 and was introduced to the world of modeling. This was during the late 1980’s-early ‘90’s when the Iron Curtain fell, and western influences were making their way into Eastern Europe. “There were a lot of opportunities that definitely opened that didn’t exist before, because we lived in a very closed environment,” she recalls. In the beginning, Chalenko treated modeling as a hobby, working primarily during school holidays and vacations.

Although she was young child, Chalenko still has a few memories of living in an area where the climate is so very severe. “I remember a lot of snow and the Northern Lights, which were amazing. It’s very cold, but very magical,” she says. “I remember really great people because we were surrounded by geologists and other researchers. They would have wonderful attitudes and they were always happy. They would have this sparkle and no one ever complained.” Chalenko says that growing up in the North helped her, and her family, learn how to work hard and be self-reliant. “The North does not accept the weak,“ she explains. “You have to be a leader there. You have to count on yourself and be very independent. My parents dedicated a lot of years to this harsh region.” When she was five, Chalenko and her family moved to the Ukraine, where she says the climate was,

Chalenko went on to study medicine at the Donetsk National University and graduated with her degree but always felt that modeling was her true calling. “I realized that it was something I loved to do; it was very empowering for me. In fact, I was one of the first Ukrainian models and one of the first to get in on the international level, “she says. Although she enjoyed modeling, Chalenko decided to take her career a step further and began focusing on working behind the scenes. “It gave me a different perspective — helping models develop into professionals.” After years of traveling, Chalenko settled in San Francisco. She says she loves the city and its diversity — from nightlife to cultural events to the CONTINUED ON PG 82


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Monterey’s Last Oceanfront Hotel: The Legacy of the 700 Block BY Michael Cervin PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG HARRIS


Formerly a dormant space, The Clement Monterey is now a reminder of Monterey’s rich heritage.

Everyone knows the real estate adage: location, location, location. The 700 block on Cannery Row, adjacent to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, was one of those location jewels. It sat dormant for 23 years but has triumphantly transformed from eyesore to eye opening. Originally the Del Mar Cannery, the new InterContinental The Clement Monterey is a story of how a vacant site morphed into the last oceanfront hotel in Monterey.

It is a tale of timing, patience, and a shifting economy that vexed even the best players in the commercial real estate market. Cannery Row is well-known for its fishing heritage. The canneries and warehouses that lined the street were successful in their time, but overfishing took its toll and they soon fell into disrepair. The 700 block was no exception and part of the former cannery even fell into

the ocean. By the late 1950s Cannery Row was “a deserted area,” said Ted Balestreri, Chairman and CEO of the Cannery Row Company. “We kept the cannery façade braced so it wouldn’t collapse for liability purposes. At one time there was a little coffee company in there.” In 1983 the property was permitted for a hotel. Balestreri and his partners put a deal together with a developer, but things ground to a halt.


59 STAY “Every environmental and historical group had their input for the master plan. Cannery Row became a lightning rod.” The master plan took years to negotiate and time meant money. “We jumped over hurdles, spent millions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of manpower hours, meetings, committees, architects and, like farm land, it started to take root,” Balestreri said. But roots take time to germinate and in the interim, the unbuilt project was

sold to Atlas Hotels and construction finally began. But the mid 1980s sent America into recession and securing financing became difficult as interest rates skyrocketed. Atlas shrugged and abandoned the project. So the 700 block sat dormant, snippets of poured concrete and rusted rebar visible enough to give the illusion of a war torn plot of land. Balestreri knew he had to keep the original permit alive. The City of Monterey requires work to be performed at least once

every 180 days once a permit has been issued. To lose the permit would be a substantial waste of time and money. Therefore, concrete was minimally poured every six months for the next two decades. In the meantime, Monterey went through three mayors and lots of embarrassment from the eyesore. Balestreri searched again for a developer. After Atlas, Marriot took interest, then Westin. “We made a few deals with other people, but financing was a problem,” Balestreri said.


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While the exterior retains an understated, historic feel, The Clement Monterey’s interior has a modern sensibility.

Then Woodside Hotels claimed the project but faced an environmental lawsuit. Finally, Clement Chen signed on the dotted line. Chen, a Harvard Business School graduate and already a successful hotelier, understood that construction and operating costs could easily sink the project. Therefore Chen’s Pacific Hotel Management partnered with InterContinental Hotels. “The benefit of signing a franchise agreement with InterContinental is that it gives us instant status,” Chen said. The deal called for a 99-year lease on the property, which is owned by

the Cannery Row Company. Between Chen and InterContinental, they ponied up $80 million to finance and build the 700 block. The Sierra Club, the Coastal Commission, the Army Corp of Engineers, The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, historical preservation groups, anti-growth citizens groups, The Cannery Row Company, not to mention the City of Monterey itself all had a say in how the project would proceed. The façade of the building

had to meet design requirements. Monterey, like most cities, offers design guidelines for how a building should look. But for Cannery Row, there are two sets of design guidelines, one for the bayside of the street and one for the inland side. Since the hotel straddles both sides of the street, it was a delicate dance. The design team of HKS Glazier Studio took on the design of the building, however they were limited to a footprint that was decades old and they could not change it. “The city has specific design guidelines for projects within the historic


The C Restaurant and Bar offer tantalizing food and unsurpassed views of the bay.

Cannery Row district. Those guidelines require industrial or historically appropriate exterior siding materials, windows, color, and other attributes,” says John Hill, Principal at HKS. Hill was compelled to use brick, clapboard siding and corrugated metal for the exteriors, and Hill says he aimed for an interpretation of Cannery Row without “imitating” historic structures. That design idea coalesced with Balestreri’s of creating unique buildings on Cannery Row without advocating homog-

enous architecture, yet remaining historically relevant. Environmental demands also came into play. The Coastal Commission and the Sierra Club insisted on public access boardwalks overlooking the ocean. The Marine Sanctuary desired cut outs in the boardwalk so the sea grass would get sunlight and so the public could catch glimpses of the marine life. “The coastal commission worked hard to get that, you have to give them credit,” Balestreri said. He noted that, though strenuous at times,

the idea of compromise for the hotel was ultimately a good thing. “Everybody benefits when everybody works together,” he added. Well, sort of. During the pouring of the structural concrete, construction workers were required to take animal sensitivity training. “They had an environmental fellow in a kayak in the bay watching them pour cement, because if a sea otter came along they’d have to stop until the otter went away. You can imagine the time and expense,” Balestreri added. CONTINUED ON PG 82


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21st Century Woman BY Elizabeth Hermens PHOTOGRAPHY BY Christine Muro


Heidi Scheid is a female trinity: breadwinner, family cultivator, and independent woman. Coordinating these aspects is not unlike riding a tricycle, at most times stable, yet not immune to the laws of gravity. Nonetheless, Scheid manages just the same; not without some chaos and stress, but also not without love and immeasurable rewards. Although her parents divorced when she was five, Scheid cites their cooperation and teamwork in raising both her and her younger brother Scott as inspiration for her own parenting style. With the exception of her parents living in different homes, Scheid describes her childhood as typical of Costa Mesa’s then-quiet suburbs.

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From age seven to ten, Scheid wanted nothing more than to be a veterinarian. That is, until a friend’s mom gave her a copy of All Creatures Great and Small, depicting late-night breechbirths. Her high school pursuits included “boys,” thought-provoking literature recommended by her English teachers, and sports. After graduating in 1981, Scheid enrolled at the University of Southern California as a business major. She had contemplated a focus in English due to her love for reading and writing, but her very practical yet supportive father pointed out that she could always read and write without a degree -- and that a bachelor’s in business would afford her more options in the work world. Swayed by this argument, she started the classes and happily found herself engrossed in the intense and stimulating lectures. She even returned for her MBA. Upon graduation, she pursued a love of travel (fostered while she was young by visits to Brazil, her mother’s homeland) by working as a business evaluator for Ernst & Young. However, the demanding schedule proved too much for her after the birth of her first child with husband, Pete. So, she extended her maternity leave from six

weeks to twelve. Now the mother of three, Scheid raises her family with the values of June Cleaver and with the pragmatism of Marge Simpson. While at Ernst & Young, Scheid began working part time for the family business, Scheid Vineyards, converting the outdated accounting system from paper to electronic. What started as a temporary position turned into a permanent one after her father and brother insisted she stay. The perks? A forty-hour work week (compared to the sixty-plus she had worked before), the ability to bring her daughter to work, and being part of a communityoriented business. The family business is about to expand their presence on Cannery Row in Monterey. As a wine connoisseur, Scheid is thrilled about the new tasting room opening by the end of this year, where she hopes people will come together in much the same way that they do over coffee. A self-described foodie, Scheid is looking forward to the charcuterie, cheese plates, and other wine-

friendly dishes that will be offered in partnership with the Culinary Center of Monterey. In addition to “working for everyone” within the company as a jack-of-all-trades, Scheid also enjoys overseeing the scholarship competition started by her father twenty years ago and sponsored by Scheid Vineyards. The competition invites high school students to write essays on controversial topics such as immigration and the Patriot Act. Today, the total award of $15,000 is split among two high schools located in the towns of King City and Greenfield, where the vineyard operations are centered. Scheid’s personal philosophy, “to leave the world better than you found it,” is demonstrated in her efforts to help local students with college costs through the family business. In a way, Scheid has come full circle from where she began, and her efforts underline her commitment to family, community, and prosperity of the heart. °


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No stranger to pet care, Todd is the previous owner of Country Club Kennels, Santa Cruz Animal Care, and Tatoha Trainers, and has been

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a member of the Del Monte Kennel Club for 20 years, serving as treasurer for the last eight. Suds ‘N Scissors provides the highest quality grooming for dogs and cats and features a boutique with a variety of items to pamper your pet, including high end spa products, dog toys, grooming supplies, pet clothing, bags, and more. They also provide limited home boarding services. Whether your pet needs general grooming maintenance or a sophisticated cut, bring him or her to Suds ‘N Scissors.

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Through Fire and Water: Oceana’s Crusade BY Kristin A. Smith PHOTOGRAPHY BY Geoff Shester


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In a cottage-like building near Fisherman’s Wharf, directly across from The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Center for the Future of the Oceans, sits Oceana’s California office. Looking at its small building you wouldn’t know that it tackles big issues like saving endangered species and slowing global warming. With sister offices in Juneau, Alaska and Portland, Oregon, Oceana has built a virtual archipelago of ocean preservation along the west coast. While the focus of the organization is to promote conservation of all oceans and coastlines, they are paying a great deal of attention to the Monterey Peninsula. The mixture of a diverse marine habitat with the longstanding tradition of commercial fishing industry means there is plenty for Oceana to do in Monterey. “There are so many issues down here related to the ocean; it’s a major hub of activity,” says Santi Roberts, Oceana’s California Project Manager. One key issue is the regulation of fishing — Oceana advocates for sustainable fishing methods and works to ban those that are not. Among their list of dangerous practices is bottom trawling, which involves dragging a net along the ocean’s floor. Bottom trawls wreak havoc on the delicate seafloor habitat that many species of marine life depend upon. The appeal of trawling is that it is a very efficient method in terms of total capture volume because the nets scoop up everything in their path — including unwanted or protected species. These unwanted species are referred to as bycatch in the industry, the elimination of which represents a major goal in the sustainable seafood movement. Bottom trawls are by no means the only fishing

gear that is of concern to Oceana. Leatherback Sea Turtles, who travel from as far as Indonesia to Monterey to feast on jellyfish, are regular victims of bycatch. These massive creatures that can weigh up to 1,500 pounds — roughly the size of a VW Bug — are often caught and killed by trawls, longlines (which can span anywhere from one to fifty miles long) and gillnets (nets designed to entangle marine life). In 2001, Oceana came to their rescue by helping to create the Pacific Leatherback Protection Area (PLPA) that extends from Monterey to Oregon. Although this protected area may seem like a great victory, Oceana’s work is never done. Opponents of the PLPA are pushing to reopen the turtle protection area, but Oceana is fighting hard to maintain this sea turtle sanctuary. “It’s a constant battle,” says Roberts. “Thankfully Californians are interested in taking on these battles.” One such interested Californian is Pacific Grove’s Mayor, Dan Cort. He and his wife, Beth, serve as the only couple on Oceana’s International Board of Directors. Together they work to raise funds and deliver Oceana’s message to listeners up and down the West Coast. “The more we learned, the more appalled we were at the state of our oceans,” says Beth. “And Oceana was doing something about it. We were drawn to them because they actually change policy.” While the Corts only recently joined the board of Oceana, they have already taken many of the organization’s global initiatives and applied them locally. Oceana encourages people to reduce their waste and rely less on plastics and Styrofoam; Dan recently banned Styrofoam in Pacific Grove and hopes other small towns will

follow suit. “We want to make PG a model that other towns and cities can emulate,” says Dan. “If we don’t tackle it in our own communities, then change doesn’t happen.” One need only look at pictures of an island of trash twice the size of Texas swirling off the coast of Hawaii, called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, to see the impact of our consumption on the ocean. Roberts says that “less use of plastics will undoubtedly help our oceans.” While Oceana has an impressive list of politicians and celebrities, you don’t have to be famous to get involved with the organization — it’s for anyone who wants to protect the ocean. Roberts says there are multiple ways to help: 1. Use less fossil fuel to slow global warming — Global warming is causing ocean acidification and putting our underwater ecosystems at risk; crustaceans can’t create their shells when ocean waters become too acidic. 2. Buy sustainable seafood — Oceana, like the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has a sustainable seafood reference card that helps consumers make ocean-friendly choices. 3. Eliminate use of Styrofoam and excess plastics. Roberts says taking care of the oceans is a big job. If you are interested in helping out at Oceana, they’ll be happy to take you. “We’re certainly busy, so any help from volunteers is always welcome,” says Roberts. With that, he returns to his small office by the sea to continue to crusade to save the oceans. ° For more information and to learn how you can help visit www.oceana.org


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Photography by D.M. Troutman July proved to be a busy month at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as the world renowned raceway hosted a myriad of events, including the MotoGP Championship where over 100,000 fans watched as Valentino Rossi took the win (his first in America) and kissed the Corkscrew in grand finale.

1. Valentino Rossi Turn 8A 2. In the Pit 3. Casey Stoner 4. Jamie Hacking 5. Valentino Rossi

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Nailing it On and Off the Track BY Raymond Napolitano PHOTOGRAPHY BY D.M. TROUTMAN


“Turn one and two, that is where all the action is. There’s so much carnage.” no money. Depending on your finish in a race, you get purse money, so except if you’re driving for one of the big factory teams like (Michael) Jordan Suzuki it’s tough, you know.”

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Tough is what you have to be to lead that beastly bike side to side at speeds up to 185 mph while a few dozen others surround you trying to do the same. Life can get ugly on the track, especially at the start: “You’ve got about 15 seconds, get ready, bring the rpm’s up, then it’s wide open,” Hawk explains, “Turn one or two, that’s where all the action is. There’s so much carnage. That first turn, there’s always contact—the first lap is dirty.”

Hammerin’ Hawk Mazzotta, when he’s not defying the laws of gravity, centrifugal force and the time/space continuum on his Suzuki 1000, calmly goes about his business in Carmel Valley and elsewhere as a simple carpenter. Mazzotta lists his occupation as pro superbike racer and carpenter. That places him in as unique a segment of the population as any human walking or riding the planet today. “Let’s see, my first year of doing carpentry was summer of my first year of high school (Hawk is 26 years old),” he reflected, “My brother and I had summer jobs. It’s hard to make a living just doing the racing because if you’re not doing well, you’re not making money; if you’re hurt, you’re making

Hawk grew up getting dirty, in real dirt. On a cattle ranch in a tiny town called Pala Cedro, near Redding, he helped his Dad work. When he and his brother weren’t working, they were “ripping” around on dirt bikes, or “charging” here and there on horses—his recollections always seem to involve speed: “I just seem to think better when I go fast, everything slows down.” Dad moved the family down here when Hawk was twelve to attend RLS School. Football and lacrosse weren’t enough so he got into racing during his sophomore year, did well and finished up on independent study while he traveled to races. Along the way, Hawk tried car racing, continued with various classes of motorcycle racing and ultimately got hurt pretty badly in 2003. He took a few years off to just build houses and got involved in bull riding, which led to a bad concussion, internal bleeding, and a broken tibia and fibula. By the start of 2007 he was back on the track and has been making steady progress since. The focus required in racing causes Hawk to spend much

of his time training. “It takes so much time to do this. If I’m not at the racetrack, I’m home physically training seven days a week,” he explained, “The biggest demands are on the core muscles. You’re gripping onto the tank so hard with your legs and you’re digging into the pegs so hard so you’re locked in there. To muscle these things around when you’re going 180, with the G’s you’re pulling, it’s not easy. You want to be able to use your core because you’d tear your arms up real quick.” Hawk points to five-inch long scars, two per forearm that run vertically near the muscle and shares that, “Most everyone out here has had this surgery, called a fasciotomy. Otherwise you lose complete feeling in your hands toward the end of a race because your arms aren’t really meant to be able to handle that much force for an hour straight. The blood flow gets constricted.” The beak of his hawk tattoo peers down from inside his armpit and seems to eye the scars like a bird might eye a worm. But hawks don’t eat worms and Hawk Mazzotta is no simple bird. °


Dr. Robert Cushing received his undergraduate, medical school, and surgical residency training at the University of Michigan and

Robert Cushing, M.D.

served as both a Staff Physician and Director at the CHOMP Emergency Department. For the last five years, he has specialized in Phlebology, the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. Vein care has undergone marked advances, which have increased the effectiveness and decreased both the invasiveness and risk of treatments. Almost all vein care (including the treatment of spider, facial, hand, breast, and varicose veins, venous insufficiency and ulcers) can now be safely accomplished in an office setting using local anesthesia. Dr. Cushing personally performs all treatment procedures and is a member of the American College of Phlebology.

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Eric Miller Architects

Eric Miller is often asked, “What is your favorite architectural style?� His answer is that he loves a variety of well-designed buildings that reference styles ranging from hacienda and craftsman to modern. The designs combine style with rhythm, balance, scale, and proportion to construct buildings that blend with neighborhood CARMEL


context while exploiting character-defining features to create a sense of place unique to that building. Located in Carmel, the design of this modern house is an example of Miller’s design philosophy. The three-bedroom, two and one half-bath home relies on scale, materials, and detailing to blend into the surrounding neighborhood. The street elevation uses a hip roof copper laid in a Bermuda pattern and natural mahogany windows reflect materials and forms that complement the home’s neighbor. The side and rear elevations employ forms and finishes that create a modern vernacular. Copper overhangs, copper plated steel I beams, and natural cast concrete back stairs mark a few of the unique features offered in this home. Meanwhile, the grandeur of the building becomes more evident as one admires the geometric sophistication offered in the placement of stone and ironwood siding that wraps around the home. When this Carmel home is finished, the homeowner will experience a sense of space that will enrich their lives. Eric Miller Architects ericmillerarchitects.com 813-372-0410

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Growing the 65° Family

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By Linda Almini, Associate Publisher Hello dear readers. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Linda Almini, the Associate Publisher of 65° Magazine. I come to the magazine after nearly 12 years in the publishing industry with California Home & Design Magazine, a San Francisco-based publication. The formal announcement of my departure from California Home and Design was still fresh when a friend and client of mine encouraged me to contact the Publisher of 65° Magazine, Richard Medel. On the flip side, this mutual friend also suggested to Richard that he contact me. Upon our meeting, I was intrigued by Richard’s concept and strategy. 65° Magazine is about people who live and work on the Peninsula and the contributions they make to businesses, the community, and the arts. Not only does 65° Magazine feature professional men and women of the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding areas, it also offers an up-close and personal profile on how each person evolved along the way. In telling these stories, the editorial content is human, informative, and well articulated. Each issue of 65° Magazine reveals more of the story than what meets the eye. For example, the beautiful Clement Hotel featured in this issue, happens to have been built in a prime Monterey location and features an exterior design that preserves the look of old Cannery Row. However, readers will surely be surprised to learn the history of the building and the effort that went into opening the hotel. It is truly an amazing story that adds even more appreciation of the project. Having recently purchased a home in Pacific Grove with my husband, I am proud to reside in the region and am equally delighted and thrilled to be part of such a unique publication in our marketplace. Since the launch of the new format with our Men of the Peninsula summer issue, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for 65°. From the compelling editorial content and stunning design, to the new horizontal format and eye catching photography; 65° Magazine is making a splash on the Monterey Peninsula. I look forward to meeting you in the months to come and welcome your comments and input along the way. °

Scott Salyer with his King Charles Spaniel, Louie.


Smile! It can light up a room and warm the heart. The memory of a beautiful smile lasts forever. Dr. Jeanette Kern helps people from all over the Peninsula improve the health and appearance of their teeth. Dr. Kern is an expert dentist who has completed post-doctoral training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. She is a compassionate practitioner with 25 years of experience and a commitment to community service. At Dr. Kern’s office you’re treated like a VIP. To make visits especially comfortable, Dr. Kern designed a zen-inspired office space with creature comforts like paraffin hand dip and entertainment systems. New patients are welcome and smile consultations are always complimentary. Schedule by calling 372-8011 or at www.jkerndds.com.

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But after Herculean efforts, the hotel officially opened in May. “It’s been the most complex and involved project I’ve ever had,” Chen commented. What exists now is an understated facade, compatible with the historical feel of Cannery’s Row, but with a modern sensibility to the interiors. Though HKS was hamstrung by the exterior expression, the interior look and feel had flexibility. The modernist Asian-inspired interior belies the pragmatic exterior. “Inside the building Mr. Chen elected to go with a more contemporary expression. Given the constraints, we tried to use as many contemporary materials and details as possible so that the building is more evocative than literal,” Hill stated. Hardscapes like tiles and wood are blended with woven fabric and inset rugs to create a dynamic play of materials and surfaces. Every guest room has its own orchids, a detail that Chen insisted on.

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The hotel offers 110 rooms on the bayside and another 98 on the inland side. C Restaurant + Bar boasts tantalizing food and unparalleled views of the bay. The hotel offers two ballrooms, meeting space, a full service spa, a Kids Club and a 350-car garage. The hotel plans on employing close to 250 staff during peak periods. Balestreri sees the completion of the hotel in romantic terms. He credits the Greeks and their Athenaeum form of government, or area

of influence. “When everyone started to work together, things happened for the best. But when they don’t, you get 28 years of everything being paralyzed,” he said. The nearly four million visitors who descend upon Cannery Row each year, and local residents as well, will undoubtedly be pleased that the eyesore is gone and that the 700 block fits snugly into one of America’s finest historical sites. °

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variety of restaurants and cuisine. But her new life in the United States also offered her a chance to do more with her career. She decided to shift from managing models to educating young people about the industry. “I realized that modeling and acting are definitely the ultimate goal, but it all starts with education,” she said. She began working with John Robert Powers Acting and Modeling School in order to reach out to aspiring models and actors. “John Robert Powers is a school system and a training facility to get basic skills about the industry, but we teach personal development and life skills,” she said. Chalenko is now the CEO for the Central Coast region, which spans from San Luis Obispo county up to San Mateo County and over to Fresno and Merced. Her husband, Edward D. Schmidt, has been a great inspiration to Chalenko in helping her attain many of her goals. “He has been a great supporter of what I do and with my career.”

John Robert Powers opened its newest location in Pacific Grove this past July. Chalenko says one of her main objectives is to work with the local population and visit area schools. “We do have a community outreach program that we offer to the high schools,” she says. “We offer motivational speakers for lectures and career days, but we never talk about modeling and acting. We talk to them about their future and what it will be like when they’re out of school.” She says they receive wonderful letters from school educators who are impressed with the speakers and the messages they bring to the students. “We talk about having confidence, self esteem, self awareness, interview skills, presentation skills, and public speaking. They can use these skills from day one, and for the rest of their lives. These are skills that can be used anywhere, from the classroom to the board room.” Chalenko’s vision for the future is to expand speaking engagements at schools throughout the Monterey Peninsula, sharing the message that through hard work and determination, goals and aspirations can be more than just distant dreams; they are within reach. ° FEATURE Editorial Credits:

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